California new car sales topped 1.7 million in 2013

Published: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 - 11:18 am

New car sales topped 1.71 million in California last year, a number last seen in pre-recession days and representing about one of every 10 new vehicles sold in the United States in 2013.

The newly released report by the Sacramento-based California New Car Dealers Association said in-state, new-vehicle registrations – including fleet transactions – increased nearly 12 percent over 2012, which saw about 1.53 registrations. CNCDA said the 2013 totals were up 65 percent from the recessionary low point in 2009.

CNCDA projected 2014 statewide sales of 1.8 million vehicles, which would be about a 5 percent increase over last year.

The Toyota Prius remained the best-selling motor vehicle in California last year, with 69,728 registrations, edging out Honda’s Civic (66,982) and Accord (63,194) models. The Ford F-Series was the state’s top-selling pickup last year, with 41,671 units sold. The compact Honda CR-V was the No. 1 sport-utility vehicle with 31,850 registrations.

Among all new vehicle transactions last year, Toyota retained its top ranking, with 21.7 percent of the Golden State market. Honda was second at 13.5 percent, followed in order by Ford (11.1 percent), General Motors (10.1 percent) and Nissan (8.4 percent).

The full annual sales report can be seen at

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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